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South East

HMP Standford Hill

Service delivered in prison
Standford Hill is a Category D male offender’s prison located in the Sheppey Cluster located in Sheerness, Kent. We deliver substance misuse (psychosocial and clinical) and family services at this prison.

How we help

Substance misuse

We offer a range of psychosocial and clinical interventions to help clients address their substance misuse.


We have developed four psychosocial support groups specific to the needs of Category D residents:

  • Refocus Forward – reflection on and engagement with current circumstances, consequences of actions, risks and triggers; refocusing recovery after drug and alcohol test failures
  • Recovery Group – relapse prevention-oriented and focused on maintaining recovery in the Cat-D environment and beyond
  • Surviving and Thriving – taking a look at the risks and triggers of Cat-D environments and processes; to dispel myths, engage with facts, and manage expectations
  • Serenity Sessions – acupuncture, relaxation and Qigong. We have a flexible timetable which allows us to deliver specific support sessions and address particular topics according to need
Further interventions
  • Clinical interventions – provided by a nurse/doctor and including opiate substitution therapy (OST) and detoxification
  • Craft workshops
  • We deliver a range of holistic therapies including:
    • Auricular acupuncture (acupuncture of the ears)
    • Qigong meditation
    • Relaxation groups
    • as well as a group specifically designed for ‘Coping with Category D conditions’, which has proved invaluable to men coming from closed to open conditions.
  • We co-facilitate Cocaine Anoynmous (CA) and SMART recovery groups.

At Standford Hill, we provide an open door policy to support anyone in need of advice or support across the core working day. We also provide flexible on site or remote support to men out at work.

We work closely with our Forward community teams and other partners both in and outside of the prison in order to provide service users with 360° support throughout their recovery and reintegration into society.

Family support

We provide an integrative, multi-agency approach to family services at Standford Hill, adapting interventions to suit to each client group. Our family service supports all, not just substance misuse, residents and significant others with family issues, one-to-one and jointly

  • Family Ties – a course of workshops focused on restoring healthy communication and trust between loved ones

Our partners



  • Offender Management Unit (OMU)
  • Probation
  • In-reach
  • PIPE (Psychologically Informed Planned Environment)
  • Psychology Department


  • Porchlight
  • Relate
  • Rubicon
  • In-reach
  • Local pharmacies – to arrange substitute medication for service users on weekend or permanent release
  • Forward’s East Kent community hubs
  • Forward’s Recovery Support Team
  • Residential rehabs – Forward at The Bridges in Hull, Steps2Recovery, Kairos, Nehemiah

We cooperate with various agencies across the Swaleside estate, particularly when dealing with vulnerable service users and those with complex or dual diagnosis issues. We regularly attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary approach meetings to assess the needs of service users and set out plans for continued work. We work closely with the Offender Management Unit (OMU) and probation service throughout a service user’s journey.

How to refer

Any prison resident can self-refer to the service and we accept referrals from third parties. If a staff member or third party refers a resident we will assess the resident if they agree to engage. All residents are seen as part of their induction.

Get in touch

Call us: 01795 884 500

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I mean it when I say I owe Forward my life. Thanks to them, I feel like I’m finally living, not just existing.

Sylvia D, Forward client Read Sylvia’s story